Joseph A. Liss, CPA, MBA

Joseph A. Liss, CPA, MBA


Joe earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University and earned his MBA in accounting from the University of Phoenix.


Joe’s experience in public and industry accounting began in 1980, with the majority of his career invested in public accounting. His experience in industry, where he served as the controller for all of the American interests of one of Canada’s largest engineering firms, provided him with the opportunity to manage all of the accounting functions of a mid-sized business. These experiences in the industry sector have given Joe insight into the key issues facing business owners.

Joe joined what eventually became The Dowell Group, LLP in 1990, and became a partner in 2010. The various services that Joe provides include:

  • Providing accounting services
  • Preparing regulatory documents
  • Preparing financial statements
  • Managing audit engagements for a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, printing companies, ETF servicing company, professional services firms, employee benefit plans, ESOP’s and nonprofit organizations
  • Providing income tax planning for businesses and individuals
  • Preparing individual and business income tax returns
  • Providing consulting and strategy services to management
  • Providing work-flow analysis
  • Consulting regarding acquisitions, mergers and sales
  • Analyzing and calculating business values

Activities and Associations

Joe is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and Illinois CPA Societies. He also holds membership in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Joe has given back to his community throughout his life by:

  • Over 10 years of service to his church’s fundraising activities
  • Community volunteering for aged and disadvantage individuals
  • Active in local youth sporting programs
  • Serving as a Little League coach for over 8 years, including an All-Star Coach
  • 7 years as a Board Member of St. Edward’s Booster Club and being involved in their many fund raising activities
  • 6 years as Treasurer of the St. Edward’s Booster Club
  • Over 7 years as a Board Member of the St Edward’s Education Foundation
  • Overseeing and investing funds to provide scholarships for disadvantage students of the school
  • Served 2 years as the Foundation’s President

Joe is married with three grown children. He enjoys camping and other outdoor activities. In his spare time, he enjoys history, re-enacting, reading, genealogy, and baseball. Joe’s e-mail address is